How to view metadata for a file in Dropbox

Updated Mar 22, 2024
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Metadata is information you can see about a file. It includes information like the date your file was created and the size of the file.

To see metadata about a folder:

  1. Log in to
  2. Hover over the folder and click “” (vertical ellipsis).
  3. Click Folder info.

To see metadata about a file:

  1. Log in to
  2. Click the name of the file you’d like to see information about. 
    • If you’ve opened the preview in Full screen, click File.
  3. Click File info.
    • If you’ve opened the preview in Full screen, click Info.

In the details pane, you’ll see different types of information depending on the type of file you’re previewing. All files display the following metadata:

  • The location of the file (Saved in)
  • The size of the file in bytes (Size)
  • When the file was last modified (Modified
  • The type of file (Type)

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File-specific metadata

Some types of files display specific metadata in addition to the basic metadata listed above. For more information, refer to the lists of metadata by file type below.

Image files

  • Aperture
  • Artist
  • Camera make
  • Camera model
  • Caption
  • Category
  • Color profile
  • Copyright
  • Creator
  • Credits
  • Date created
  • Description
  • Dimensions
  • Dots per inch (DPI)
  • Dots per centimeter (DPCM)
  • Flash
  • Focal length
  • Headline
  • ISO
  • Keywords
  • Lens model
  • LicensorURL
  • Metering
  • Orientation
  • Rights usage terms
  • Shutter speed
  • Title
  • White balance

Microsoft Office files

  • Title
  • Copyright Notice
  • Revision Number
  • Pages
  • Paragraphs
  • Words
  • Characters
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